We welcome inquiries from suitably qualified students considering higher degrees across sub-disciplines of religion, theology, philosophy, history and literature.

All prospective students interested in ACU scholarships should apply via the ACU Graduate Research portal, and are encouraged to contact IRCI Director Peter Howard before submitting the application for further information, and to be put in touch with potential supervisors.

The Institute’s areas of strength include New Testament studies, early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, systematic theology, continental philosophy, and religion.

Supervisors are members of the following programs:

  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Religion and Theology

These programs support ongoing research projects which provide a vibrant environment for research students, including the possibility of international experience at international partner institutions and a co-tutelle program with KU Leuven. Current projects include: ‘Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity’, ‘Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities’, and ‘Redeeming Autonomy: Agency, Vulnerability, and Relationality’. Please see the Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Religion and Theology pages for further information, and for contact details of researchers involved in these projects.

Information for prospective staff and research students

Information about the Institute, its research programs, and living in Melbourne.

Applicant Information Pack


ACU Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Visit us

Level 4, 250 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002.

Mailing address

Locked Bag 4115 MDC
Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.